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C.W. Faust

C.W. Faust

Confederate (CSV)


Charles Wesley Foust

(1836 - 1864)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 23 year old blacksmith living with wife Melissa and small sons George W. and B. F. Faust at Elyton (now part of Birmingham) in Jefferson County, AL. He enlisted, along with his 18 year old brother David, as a Private in Company B, 10th Alabama Infantry on 4 June 1861 in Montevallo, AL. He was promoted to 4th Sergeant on 24 August 1861 and was in all the engagements of his regiment through 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his company in action at Harpers Ferry on 12-15 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was at Fredericksburg, VA in December 1862 and Gettysburg, PA in July 1863, then on sick furlough later in 1863. He was reduced to Private by September 1863 and on detail to a sawmill in January and February 1864, then returned to his Company. He was killed in action in the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1864.

References & notes

His service from the Alabama Civil War Service Database,1 as Charles W Faust, and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, a family bible [transcription], and the US Census of 1860. His picture from an ambrotype with his brother, now in the Alabama Archives, also labeled as Faust.3

He married Malissa D. Ware/Wear (c.1838-) in July 1856 and they had three sons.

His brother David Clinton Foust (1843-1912) was not on the Maryland Campaign, but served to the end of the war and returned to farming in Jefferson County, AL.

More on the Web

Transcriptions of four letters (1856, 1860, 1862) Charles wrote his father David Foust (1804-1888) are online at Private Voices from the University of Georgia Department of History. The originals are in the Alabama Archives.


09/06/1836; Blount County, AL


05/05/1864; The Wilderness, VA


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=60952  [AotW citation 20084]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29153]

3   State of Alabama, State Archives, and Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, director, and staff, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Published c.2000, first accessed 08 July 2005, <>, Source page: /cdm/compoundobject/collection/photo/id/6871/rec/148  [AotW citation 20085]